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Challenger beats Wayne County sheriff in primary

Jody Ashley beats incumbent Wayne County Sheriff Darryl Woodson in voting Tuesday. Jody Ashley beats incumbent Wayne County Sheriff Darryl Woodson in voting Tuesday.
WAYNE COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

Challenger Jody Ashley beat incumbent Wayne County Sheriff Darryl Woodson in voting Tuesday.

The former Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks conservation officer received 55 percent of the votes in the primary. Unofficial results show that Ashley received 3020 votes and the current sheriff received 2501 votes. The Democrats were the only two running for Wayne County sheriff.

"I thank my supporters and thank my family," said Ashley after he was declared the winner. "We're going to make Wayne County a better and safer place to live."

After 27  years, Ashley retired as a state conservation officer back in December 2014 just to be able to run for sheriff.

"It was worth giving up my job to run for this position," said Ashley.

Ashley said he looks forward to taking office in January and serving the people of Wayne County.

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